2015 is exactly 125 years since the death of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). This moment was seized by Keukenhof to honour the famous Dutch artist. ‘125 years of inspiration’, and the artist is still inspiring many today. The Keukenhof theme for 2015 is Van Gogh.
Van Gogh provides the inspiration for the flower shows, the new Selfie garden and a spectacular self portrait of Van Gogh made up of thousands of tulips. The bulbs for the flower bulb mosaic of Vincent van Gogh were planted in October. This flower bulb mosaic is the highlight of the theme year. The mosaic has an area of 250m2 and is planted with tulips of different colors. “Vincent van Gogh” blooms next to Rembrandt and Jan Steen in the Walk of Fame at Keukenhof. The works of Van Gogh also provide a wonderful inspiration for the many flower shows in the Oranje Nassau Pavilion.
Activities are found throughout the whole country in the different places where Van Gogh worked and lived during his lifetime. Keukenhof has organized the Van Gogh 2015 Tour together with the museums exhibiting his work. In the spring, the gardens of these museums will be flowering with the Van Gogh tulips that were planted there in the autumn by the Keukenhof gardeners.
The Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam dedicates an exhibition to Munch and Van Gogh. The Kröller Müller Museum in Otterlo will show paintings of Van Gogh, during the exhibition Van Gogh & Co. The Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch exhibits 11 works of Van Gogh and the story of his birth province. Keukenhof gardeners have planted combinations of the Van Gogh tulips at the different locations…..it will be an artist’s pallet in the spring.
Keukenhof is open in 2015 from March 20th until May 17th, inclusive.